Gated communities

anybody have any experience with security gates for communities?

I have one smaller community where we have so many people who close up for the winter, that limiting access seems a good idea during the winter months. It is in an area where theft is high during the winter months because of so many vacant homes, and no one discovers the thefts until the come back in the spring…leaving for a very cold trail.

another community is larger and I think that given our roster of elderly and single tenants, security gates might seem to be a good selling point. We don’t really have problems at this community until lately and it’s mostly recycling theft…we even had a copper water line stolen under a home!